With Mother's Day coming up, we are offering a peaceful, 3o-minute relaxation and visualization. Whether you're mom to ten or are just really good at mothering yourself, you deserve a chance to reset your body and mind. Luxuriate in this relaxation, called pratyahara (sensory withdrawal) in the 8 Limbs of Yoga, and then let your spirit be restored with a calming visualization. Visualization is very relaxing and has many positive effects on the body and mind. We'll finish with a few moments of silence to assimilate your work. You will hear a chime at the end, which will signal you to either slowly open your eyes, ready for the day or drift into a restful sleep.
First, prepare yourself to receive the gift you are giving - the gift of your relaxation. Make your surroundings as comfortable as possible. Dim the lights, maybe light some incense or put a few drops of an essential oil in a diffuser, lay under a cozy blanket. Make sure you have enough room to lie down comfortably. When you're ready to start, separate your legs a few feet apart and bring your arms away from your sides slightly. Place your palms face up and close your eyes.
Erin Haddock is the director of Five Keys Yoga, LLC.